The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Stress Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Stress Testing over the 3 months to 23 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Stress Testing
England / North West
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 135 156 139
Rank change year-on-year +21 -17  
Contract jobs citing Stress Testing 5 7 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.17% 0.18% 0.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.21% 0.22% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 5 4
Median daily rate £350 £300 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -15.78%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £339 £300 £297
10% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £465 £474
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £375
% change year-on-year - -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

Stress Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2383 3147 2945
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 80.97% 82.27% 78.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 1406 1979 1696
Median daily rate £410 £415 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.20% +8.92%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 77 130
Median hourly rate £39.50 £29.25 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.04% -11.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £14.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £57.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

Stress Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Stress Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Stress Testing in the North West

Stress Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Stress Testing in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Stress Testing in the North West

Stress Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Stress Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +24 4 £356 -20.83%
Manchester +10 1 £338 +12.50% 1
Stress Testing
England

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Stress Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Stress Testing.

1 4 (80.00%) Performance Testing
1 4 (80.00%) Test Automation
2 3 (60.00%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (60.00%) Integration Testing
2 3 (60.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (60.00%) System Testing
2 3 (60.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (60.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 3 (60.00%) Software Testing
2 3 (60.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (60.00%) ISTQB
2 3 (60.00%) SQL
2 3 (60.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (60.00%) Regression Testing
2 3 (60.00%) Validation
2 3 (60.00%) ETL
2 3 (60.00%) ISEB
2 3 (60.00%) Test Strategy
2 3 (60.00%) Functional Testing
3 2 (40.00%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (40.00%) QA
4 1 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Load Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Security Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Unit Testing
4 1 (20.00%) E-Commerce
4 1 (20.00%) .NET
4 1 (20.00%) Finance
4 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (20.00%) Migration

Stress Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (60.00%) SQL Server
1 3 (60.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 3 (60.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 3 (60.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (40.00%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 3 (60.00%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (20.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) Analyst
1 3 (60.00%) SQL Analyst
1 3 (60.00%) Test Analyst
2 2 (40.00%) Data Warehouse Analyst
2 2 (40.00%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
2 2 (40.00%) SQL Data Analyst
2 2 (40.00%) Test Data Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) QA Engineer
3 1 (20.00%) QA Tester
3 1 (20.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (20.00%) .NET
1 1 (20.00%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (80.00%) Performance Testing
1 4 (80.00%) Test Automation
2 3 (60.00%) ETL
2 3 (60.00%) Functional Testing
2 3 (60.00%) Integration Testing
2 3 (60.00%) Regression Testing
2 3 (60.00%) Software Testing
2 3 (60.00%) System Testing
2 3 (60.00%) Test Strategy
2 3 (60.00%) Validation
3 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (20.00%) E-Commerce
3 1 (20.00%) Exploratory Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Load Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Migration
3 1 (20.00%) Security Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Unit Testing
3 1 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (20.00%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 3 (60.00%) SQL
2 1 (20.00%) C#
Qualifications
1 3 (60.00%) ISEB
1 3 (60.00%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (40.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (60.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) Xamarin